The Shovel Knight release date will be simultaneous across Wii U, 3DS, and Steam, and should be coming up soon. (Image: Yacht Club Games)
Congrats on the final build! What does that mean in terms of the release date for Shovel Knight? Are you aiming for a simultaneous release on Wii U, 3DS, and Steam?
Yacht Club Games: Thanks so much! It’s been such a long journey but we are all really happy with where we’ve landed! Now that the game is shipped off and out of our hands, we are eagerly watching our email inboxes, awaiting news of our release date. When you send off a game for certifications, you are basically inserting your game into a black box that eats submission candidates and spits out approvals or rejections. It’s a mysterious process known only to a few, but once we have word, we’ll make sure everyone knows our actual real release date. And, yes, the release will be simultaneous for all of our launch platforms!
Q: Is there a story? Who is this Shovel Knight? Where did he get a shovel?
YCG: Shovel Knight is a small knight with a huge quest: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. But between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights! These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress, and will pursue their mission at any cost.
As for his Shovelblade, that just happens to be his preferred weapon. We really spent a lot of time making the world and characters exciting and interesting enough to draw players back to playing Shovel Knight time and time again.
Q: How long is the game?
YCG: The game’s length heavily depends on what the player’s expectations are. If you think back to the first time you played and finished Super Metroid, you may remember your time at the end being 7, 8 maybe even 10 hours!! But there are pros out there that can beat the game in under an hour, start to finish! Shovel Knight is the same way.
We’ve had lots of people playtest it and some of their times were hitting the 6-8 hour mark, whereas the team did a few speed runs and I think the fastest time was under an hour and 10 minutes. I’m sure that time can be improved and we are really excited to see that happen!
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